Thursday, July 1, 2010        Edition: #4296
Nuthin’ Like a Bull in Your Radio Shop!

After a quarter-century as host of “Larry King Live”, the centerpiece of CNN’s prime-time lineup, 76-year-old King has announced he’s leaving the program this Fall (speculation is his replacement may be Brit “America’s Got Talent” judge Piers Morgan) . . . 41-year-old actor Jason Bateman has now publically apologize for cutting in line in front of some 2,000 people to get the new iPhone 4 at a Hollywood outlet last Thursday (maybe should have waited until they get the thing working properly?) . . . That’s a minor phone prob compared to “Entourage” actor Jeremy Piven’s – he accidentally dropped his cell in the toilet at a sushi restaurant (what’s he doing there when a couple years back he claimed mercury poisoning from fish nearly gave him a heart attack?) . . . “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse” producer Wyck Godfrey has now confirmed what everyone’s known since 2008 – stars Robert Pattinson & Kristen Stewart are ‘together’, something he hopes works out because they still have 2 more movies to film (it’s all about the moolah) . . . “American Idol” judge Kara Dioguardi says she’s hoping one-time show mentor Harry Connick Jr will replace Simon Cowell as her sidekick on the judging panel (Bret Michaels and former “Idol” finalist Adam Lambert have emerged as frontrunners) . . . Movie studio execs are in talks to bring Tom Cruise back for a sequel to his hit 1986 movie “Top Gun” (after recent bombs like the just-released “Knight & Day”, he just might be interested) . . . New financial rankings show that actress Jennifer Aniston out-earned ex-hubby Brad Pitt by $7 million last year, raking in a total of $27 million (neaner neaner neaner!) . . . And here’s a morning show project for you – Paramount Pictures is selecting cities for screening of the upcoming “Grease Sing-A-Long” movie (opening July 8th) based on the number of online requests (NET:

• “American Idols Live!” – The annual Summer tour by the past season’s top 10 contestants begins in Auburn Hills MI. The 49-date trek is slated to wrap September 14th in Pittsburgh PA.
• “Countryfest (Dauphin MB) – The annual 4-day festival at Riding Mountain National Park features Blake Shelton, Kellie Pickler, Miranda Lambert, Terri Clark, and Keith Urban filling in for Brooks & Dunn since the duo’s scrapped a string of shows due to Ronnie Dunn’s sore throat.
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CityTV) – Korn (“Korn III – Remember Who You Are”).
• “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/A Channel) –  Kings of Convenience (“Declaration of Dependence”).
• “So You Think You Can Dance” (FOX/CTV) – Ne-Yo (“Champagne Life”) performs; a performance by the cast of “Viva ELVIS”; another contestant is eliminated.
• “Tonight Show With Jay Leno” (NBC/A Channel) – Travie McCoy (“Lazarus”).


• Alan Jackson – Shortly after selling his Nashville TN home for $28 million, he’s listed his Key West-style cottage in Tequesta FL for $1.275 million, the same price he paid in 2004. Don’t worry about him being homeless; he still has an 8,000-sq-ft mansion on Florida’s Jupiter Island.
• Brad Paisley – “Water” is his 13th consecutive #1 single, the 4th from his latest album “American Saturday Night”, and the 17th of his illustrious country music career.
• Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band – A deluxe reissue of the 1978 album “Darkness On the Edge Of Town” is on the way this Fall. Guitarist Steven Van Zandt says outtakes and rarities from the era will be included.
• Neil Young – He’s announced the upcoming 3rd leg of his “Twisted Road” solo tour will concentrate on areas most affected by the BP  oil spill.
• Nickelback – The newest addition to the popular Tap Tap Revenge music game app is “Nickelback Revenge”, featuring 11 of their most popular songs.
• U2 – Bono’s private-equity business Elevation Partners has thrown another $120 million into the privately-held Facebook social networking website, thereby doubling its total investment.


“The Last Airbender” ( PG Fantasy Adventure in 2D & 3D ): Director M Night Shyamalan’s live action adaptation of the first season of the TV series, “Avatar: The Last Airbender”, was originally to be like-titled but James Cameron’s blockbuster “Avatar” took care of that. Noah Ringer stars as a young successor to a long line of ‘Avatars’ who learns that he possesses the power to engage the ‘Fire Nation’ and hopefully end their century-long war against the ‘Water’, ‘Earth’, and ‘Air’ nations. Co-stars Jackson Rathbone (“Twilight Saga”), Dev Patel (“Slum Dog Millionaire”). It’s hoped the pic will he the beginning of a potential trilogy.

• An ultra-powerful new handheld laser that looks like a light sabre from “Star Wars” can cause permanent eye damage and even set skin ablaze, according to its manufacturer Wicked Lasers. The Hong Kong-based company bills the new device as the ‘most dangerous laser ever created’. Called the Spyder III Pro Arctic, the new device costs about $200. (It’s all fun and games until somebody sears an eyeball at 2,500 degrees.)
– TechNewsDaily
• China’s military officers have added matchmaking to their duties now that the national government has banned troops from online dating over fears that lonely hearts might let sensitive information slip. Commanders of the 2.3 million-strong People’s Liberation Army are now studying how to help single service members find love. (Karaoke nights?)
• 25-year-old French-born stripper Alizee Sery claims she danced topless on Australia’s famed Uluru rock, one of the most sacred Aboriginal sites, as a ‘tribute’ to indigenous culture. Aboriginal leaders want her booted out of the country for desecrating the landmark, but Sery insists what she did was a tribute to their culture because traditionally Aboriginal people lived naked. The video is now on YouTube. (Nude yes, but they didn’t wear cowboy hats.)
– “Sydney Morning Herald”
• Today a showdown will end at sundown when two rivals ‘draw’ on each other in the Wild West state of Nevada. Incumbent Nye County Commissioner Andrew Borasky and challenger Carl Moore Sr each received 381 votes in the GOP primary. So the county clerk will provide a deck of cards, and whoever draws the highest gets the gig. (How’d you like to be out of work because you randomly picked a deuce?)


A new listing of some of the nerds, dorks, and dweebs who now rule the Earth …
• Azim Premji – Often referred to as the Indian Bill Gates, he’s chairman of Wipro, one of India’s largest software development companies.
• Carlos Slim Helu – Mexican telecommunications mogul who’s now the world’s wealthiest at circa $60.6 billion.
• Kevin Rose – CEO of social-bookmarking website Digg … and he’s barely into his 30s.
• Larry Page – The co-founder of Google and its ever-expanding universe has amassed personal wealth of somewhere around $17.5 billion.
• Mark Zuckerberg – The co-founder of social networking site Facebook is now one of the youngest billionaires in the world with personal wealth of nearly $4 billion.
• Satoru Iwata – The 4th president and CEO of Nintendo, who helped the company generate a 41% increase in sales during his first year.
• Steve Jobs – Apple co-founder, former CEO of Pixar Animation Studios, member of the board of the Walt Disney Company.
• Vlasimir Yevtushenkov – Russian telecommunications mogul who reigns over more than 200 companies and is worth somewhere around $9 billion.
(Bill Gates? Retired.)


Cornell University animal behaviorist Nicholas Nicastro says that a cat’s meow is unusual because cats never use the sound with each other. Communication between felines usually involves only hissing, spitting and purring. Nicastro reckons that, over the course of more than 5,000 years of domestication, cats developed meows in order to speak to humans. Cats do not use words, he says (rather obviously) but communicate whole thoughts such as ‘open the tuna, ‘move over’, or ‘change the litter’. (Not to mention ‘get out of my face, bald-bodied loser’.)
– “Social Studies”


According to a new Gallup report, Americans’ support for the moral acceptability of homosexual relationships has crossed the symbolic 50% threshold in 2010, while the percentage of Americans who say such relationships are immoral has dropped to 43%, the lowest in Gallup’s decade-long survey. (Good news for those celebrating Pride Week.)


A University of Rhode Island study has found that people who chew gum in the morning consume fewer calories at lunch and don’t seem to compensate for the lower intake later in the day. One theory is that gum-chewing stimulates nerves in the jaw that are connected to the region of the brain responsible for making you feel full. An added advantage: You burn 11 calories an hour while you chew. (Your teeth will rot … but you’ll be really thin.)
– “Women’s Health Magazine”


The good folks at Gillette have determined that …
• The average man spends 3,350 hours (about 140 days) of his life shaving.
• Your beard would be approximately 30 feet long if you never shaved.
• You would put on an extra pound (in hair) every 16 years if you never shaved.
• Dry beard hair is as tough as copper wire of the same thickness.
• A whisker is 70% easier to cut after being soaked 2 minutes in warm water.


To increase blood flow to the brain and release hormones that relieve stress, all you need to do is … smile.
– “Walking Magazine”


1945 [65] Deborah Harry, Miami FL, classic rock singer (Blondie-“Call Me”, “Heart of Glass”)

1952 [58] Dan Aykroyd, Ottawa ON, movie actor (“Driving Miss Daisy”, “Blues Brothers”)/ex-TV comic (“Saturday Night Live” 1975-79)

1967 [43] Pamela Anderson, Ladysmith BC, movie actress (“Borat”, “Scary Movie 3”)/former TV actress (“Baywatch” 1992-97, “Home Improvement” 1991-93)/appeared on 6 “Playboy” covers/ex-Mrs Rick Saloman (2007-08)/ex-Mrs Kid Rock (2006)/ex-Mrs Tommy Lee (1995-98)

1971 [39] Missy Elliott (Melissa Elliott), Portsmouth VA, hip-hop artist (w/Ciara- “1, 2 Step”, “Work It”)/5-time Grammy Award winner

1976 [34] Plies (Algernod Washington), Fort Myers FL, rapper (f/Ne-Yo-“Bust It Baby Pt 2”, f/T-Pain-“Shawty”)

1977 [33] Jarome Iginla, Edmonton AB, NHL forward (Calgary Flames)

1977 [33] Liv Tyler (Rundgren), NYC, movie actress (“The Incredible Hulk”, “Lord Of the Rings” trilogy)/daughter of Aerosmith’s Steve Tyler & former “Playboy” playmate Bebe Buell


• “Canada Day”, the country’s national day which celebrates nationhood in 1867. It was first established as a holiday in 1879. This year’s Parliament Hill bash in Ottawa features an appearance by Queen Elizabeth II and performances by musical artists from across the country, including Barenaked Ladies, Hey Rosetta!, K-OS, and oodles more.

• “Creative Ice Cream Flavors Day”. Some of the most frightening flavors we’ve found are ‘Chicken Wing’, ‘Garlic’, ‘Lettuce & Potato’ and – mmm! – ‘Raw Horseflesh’.

• “Financial Freedom Day”, a day to plan the path of future financial wealth. (Also known as “Buy a Lottery Ticket Day”.)

• “Frozen Yogurt Day”, saluting the stuff that sorta tastes like ice cream but doesn’t make you as fat.

• “International Joke Day” celebrating humor from around-the-world. Nothing like a joke in Farsi! Have listeners call in with brief jokes in other languages. Don’t have them explain them, just laugh uproariously.

• “Moving Day” (“Fête du Déménagement”), a tradition in Québec dating from the time when the province provided fixed terms for leases of rental properties. Though that’s no longer the case, tradition has held sway and the vast majority of leases are still a year long and begin July 1st.

• “Second Half Of the Year Day”, when 6 months are gone and 6 more are still to come. So how’s it going so far?


1915 [95] Australian actress Annette Kellerman appears in the first movie nude scene in the film “Daughter Of the Gods”


1979 [31] ‘Sony Walkman’ portable audio cassette player is introduced (forerunner of the iPod)

2007 [03] Britain’s Prince William & Prince Harry throw a massive concert in memory of their late mother, Princess Diana, on what would have been her 46th birthday (Wimbledon UK)


1941 [69] Bulova Watch pays $9 for the 1st ‘Network TV Commercial’


1983 [27] Rev Ronald Gallagher finally stops preaching at the Baptist Temple in Appomattox VA, winding up the ‘World’s Longest Sermon’ … 120 hours

[Fri] World UFO Day
[Fri] International Chicken Wing Day
[Fri] Rihanna’s “Last Girl on Earth Tour” begins (Auburn WA)
[Fri] “Lilith Fair” tour starts (Portland OR)
[Sat] Stay Out Of the Sun Day
[Sun] Independence Day (USA)
[Sun] Queen’s Plate (Toronto ON)
This Week Is … Unassisted Homebirth Week
This Month Is … Cellphone Courtesy Month


In honor of “Canada Day”, a few …

• You define Summer as 3 months of bad skiing.
• Your definition of a small town is one that doesn’t have a lake.
• You’ve ever stood in the middle of the street with a hockey stick and yelled “CAR!!!”
• Your new car’s standard equipment includes snow tires.
• You’ve suffered frostbite and sunburn in the same week.
• You think ‘deer season’ is an official holiday.
• You actually know what’s in ‘poutine’.


Give a bald man a comb and he’ll never part with it.

Apple acknowledges the new iPhone 4 has reception problems. Their solution: Hold it differently or buy a case. But if this is a design problem, shouldn’t they fix it or give out cases for free?


Francisco Rangel has penned some parody lyrics about the Apple fiasco. His song “Don’t Hold It That Way” is to the tune of “I Want It That Way” by the Backstreet Boys.

Today’s Question: Women do THIS an average of 30-to-64 times per year.
Answer to Give Out Next Show: Cry. (“Oprah Magazine”).

The past looks better the farther away you get.

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